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House of the Season: 635 Maple

Appeared in the Gazette, Spring 2018 By Layla Danley In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Charles H. Thorne’s family was one of the most prominent in Chicago. Charles’ father, George, was the co-founder of Montgomery Ward along with Charles’ uncle Aaron Montgomery Ward. Charles and his brothers worked for the family business, and after […]

The Influenza Epidemic of 1918

Appeared in the Gazette, Spring 2018 By Helen Weaver This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic, known then as the “Spanish” flu. Experts today are not in agreement about where the flu originated, but Spain was blamed at the time since wartime news blackouts kept outbreaks of the illness in other […]

Ask 411: The Aitken Building

Appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of the Gazette In February we received this query from a long-time Winnetkan. Q: I’d always heard that buildings were moved from what is now Hubbard Woods Park when they needed to clear the land. Is this true, and if so, where did they end up? Yes, this is […]

Winnetka Modernist Joe Fujikawa

By Sally Schneiders Appeared in the Gazette: Spring 2018 The name Joe Fujikawa leapt off the pages of Thomas Dyja’s The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream, jogging my memory. I remembered that this late architect, Joseph Fujikawa of Winnetka, had designed Roberto Clemente High School in Chicago. I remembered his daughter Liz […]

A Chicago Helicopter Airways Sikorsky S-58C passing over a mid-20th century Chicago skyline.

Eight Minutes to O’Hare by Air

Gazette Article by Jack Coladarci Appeared in the Gazette: Spring 2012 From June, 1958 to October, 1963 Chicago Helicopter Airways put Winnetka on the cutting edge of commuting. Although not quite as advanced as George Jetson’s flying saucers and pneumatic air tubes, this futuristic commuting option made travel to and from Winnetka, O’Hare, Midway, Meigs […]

In Gratitude for the Ultimate Sacrifice

By Helen Weaver When Eagle Scout candidate Brendan Bahan was looking for a service project, he found the answer close to home, at the corner of Church and Green Bay Roads. Although he had passed by this narrow triangular strip of land hundreds of times, he only recently noticed the faded and worn Park District sign […]

Penny Kohlmeyer: In Remembrance

  Penny was an active member of the Woman’s Board of the Winnetka Community House and spent many years as a volunteer at the Chicago Botanic Garden. While Penny enthusiastically participated on the WHS Board as an officer and a committee member, her most lasting contribution was as the founding editor of the Gazette. In […]

2017 Winnetka Preservation Awards

  The Winnetka Landmarks Pres­ervation Commission presented preservation awards to the owners of six private residences at the Vil­lage Council meeting on November 7, 2017. This year there were two awards presented for restoration and four for rehabilitation. For restoration, Nan and Wally Greenough worked with architect Ken Behles, Lynch Construction and Nature’s Perspective landscap­ers to […]

Out of Service: Farewell to the Filling Station

By Cecile Hales In the early years of the 20th cen­tury, an automobile was a prestige item available only to those with the finances and foresight to acquire this new technological marvel. As the number of autos increased after World War I, so did the opportuni­ties for local businesses to provide essential services to car owners. […]

Admiral Dewey’s Cannon

By Charles Shabica At the northwest corner of the Winnetka Village Green lies an old bronze muz­zle-loading cannon I discovered in 1971 when I attended my first July 4th celebration in Winnetka. According to my friend, long­ time Winnetka Historical Society member and veteran, Phil Hoza, the cannon may have been given to the Village by […]